February 9, 2016

My TripAdvisor Review No.150: Gowri Resort, Hampi, Karnataka.

“For A Rustic Village Experience” 

4 of 5 stars We booked our stay at this resort online on their website well in advance since the month of January is the best time to visit the ruins of Hampi. It becomes very hot in Hampi from March onwards.

We were well received by Sriharsha and he helped us settle down in the deluxe room which had a nice view of the rice fields and boulder strewn hills outside. There was a jhoola (swing) with a mattress and cushion outside the room where one could relax and gaze at the scenery. The room itself had pretty basic furniture which consisted of a dressing table, a double bed, a chair and some shelves to keep your stuff. All rooms have a fan but no ac. Hot water is available only from 7 to 9 am in the morning. There was no mirror in the bathroom, but I was provided with a hand held mirror on request.

They have a nice shack type of restaurant for your meals. Most of the items on the menu consisted of Continental, Italian, Chinese, Spanish and Israeli dishes. There were very few Indian dishes apart from alu parotha, biryani and some sabzi and roti. We missed the traditional South Indian dishes of idli, dosa, wada and thalis. But we enjoyed the parothas and sandwiches at breakfast, as well as pizza and biryani at dinner.

The resort is across the Tungabhadra River from Hampi, and the boat crossing point is 5 km away. You need to have your own transport or hire a rickshaw to get to the boat point to get across for sight-seeing Hampi. On the other hand, the remoteness gives this resort an atmosphere of peace and serenity which we liked. It was wonderful to sit out on the swing and watch the sun rising behind the boulder strewn hills. In the evening one can go for a walk to the Sanapur Lake nearby and watch the setting sun. Many varieties of birds and a troupe of langur monkeys live in the surrounding trees and we enjoyed listening to them, as well as the pet dog squabbling with the pet pig.

Sriharsha was very helpful and arranged for a rickshaw cum guide to sight-see Hampi. The Anjanadri (Hanuman) Hill, and the Pampa Sarovar are on the same side of the river as Gowri Resort, about 4 km away. Both these places are worth a visit.

All in all we had a unique experience by staying at Gowri Resort. We saw the incredible views of the ruined temples and monuments at Hampi, as well as the experienced firsthand a rustic village life.
Room Tip: Bamboo huts have the best views. Deluxe rooms are better furnished and have a hammock outside.
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  • Stayed January 2016, travelled as a couple
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This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

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